<i>The Ultimate Fighter </i>(Ep.2) Recap: Clayton McKinney Vs. Kyle Noke

Jay BrennanCorrespondent IApril 8, 2010

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 21: Tito Ortiz (L) battles Forrest Griffin (R) during their Light Heavyweight Fight at the UFC 106 at Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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The show begins with the fighter cast running around the fighter house excited about making it on the show. Chris Camozzi and Clayton McKinney talk about the injuries they sustained in their first fights.




Picking Teams


Dana White explains that after the first fight the winning fighter’s team picks the next fight. Tito Ortiz wins the coin toss and chooses to get the first pick, which leaves Chuck Liddell with the first fight pick.


The following is the order of picks by each coach:


  1. Nick Ring 10-0                        Team Ortiz
  2. Kyle Noke 16-4-1                    Team Liddell
  3. Kyacey Uscola 18-15               Team Ortiz      
  4. Rich Attonito 7-3                    Team Liddell
  5. Kris McCray 5-0                      Team Ortiz
  6. Charles Blanchard 7-2              Team Liddell
  7. Jamie Yager 2-1                      Team Ortiz
  8. Josh Bryant 10-0                     Team Liddell
  9. James Hammortree 5-1             Team Ortiz
  10. Brad Tavares 5-1                    Team Liddell
  11. Clayton McKinney 4-2              Team Ortiz
  12. Court McGee 9-1                    Team Liddell
  13. Chris Camozzi 12-3                  Team Ortiz
  14. Joe Henle 3-0                         Team Liddell


Ortiz says that Liddell picked all the guys he didn’t want and was happy with his team. Dana White questions Liddell’s strategy during the picks. Liddell tells White that he watched their previous fights and looked at their records.


Chuck said that he is going to focus on refining what his fighters already have, rather than teaching them new techniques.


Ortiz believes Clayton McKinney isn’t training hard and wants to stay on top of him to push him to be his best. McKinney is shown nursing his shoulder during training. McKinney says that he is limited due to his shoulder injury.


Chris Camozzi says that he is all banged up and expects to be picked to be the first fight.




Fight Announcement


Chuck Liddell chooses his top pick Kyle Noke to face Clayton McKinney. They pose for the fight face-off.


Kyle Noke said he wants to be Australia’s first UFC champion and hopes to open doors for other Australian fighters.




At the House


Jamie Yager, Brad Tavares, and Kris McCray talk about how they have bonded and would remain a clique regardless of team affiliation.


Yager, Tavares, and McCray run around the house with horns after declaring no one would sleep that night.


James Hammortree said during an interview that he thought it was an alarm and he was back at his fire house.


McKinney’s MRI reveals that he sustained only a minor injury and that there are no torn ligaments. Ortiz pokes fun at McKinney for milking the injury.




At the Training Center


Liddell talks to his team about what Ortiz said during an interview. Ortiz claims that Liddell was an alcoholic and that Dana White had to have an intervention, which Liddell refutes. Liddell then says that he might drop Ortiz. Liddell states that “knowing Tito, he’s that much a pussy, he would press charges.”


Ortiz tells his team that it’s his birthday. Ortiz starts punching a “Chuck Liddell” piñata full of cash. But his team is disappointed that the cash was just one dollar bills.






Both Noke and McKinney make weight and do the face-off for the matchup. Dana White picks Noke to win but believes it would have been tougher if McKinney were healthier.








Noke and McKinney touch gloves and begin to trade leg kicks for about two minutes. McKinney takes Noke’s back and attempts to slam him without success. Noke rolls for a knee bar on McKinney. McKinney stuffs the submission attempt and a scramble takes place. Noke throws up his legs and catches McKinney in a triangle. Not much defense on McKinney’s part as he taps quickly.


McKinney is upset and attempts to walk away but Ortiz calls him back. Ortiz asks him to give him a minute. Ortiz demonstrates a triangle escape. McKinney reluctantly demonstrates two triangle escapes after Ortiz asked him to. Ortiz reminds McKinney that there is a wild card and it isn’t over yet.


Preview for the next show:


Dana has a shocking announcement.


More footage of Jamie Yager as he continues to cause problems in the house.














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